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Brian W.

Chicago, IL | Member Since 2012

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  • The Man with the Golden Torc: Secret Histories, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Stuart Blinder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (337)

    Meet Shaman Bond, aka Eddie Drood, scion of the ancient Drood family. He is devoted to protecting humanity from the forces of darkness. Protected by the secret weapon received at birth by all members of the Drood family - a magical gold torc (i.e., a neck ring) that turns into a suit of nearly impervious golden armor - Eddie faces arcane dangers with healthy doses of wry self-confidence and sarcasm. Then the family matriarch sends him on a mission that turns out to be a deadly setup.

    Loren says: "entertaining"
    "Little more than decent"
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The concept behind the story was interesting and I wanted to like it, but it just didn't grab me.The episodic nature of the chapters wasn't for my tastes. Something would come up at the beginning of a chapter (usually a dangerous person or weapon who had never been mentioned before), it would be built up to be this huge obstacle that would be impossible to overcome, and by the end of the chapter it had been defeated with hardly any trouble. There was no real sense of danger because it became formulaic to the point of being humorous, an issue that could have been solved if any of those dangerous people/things had been mentioned at all before the chapter in which they were defeated.

    It also had a very boring & predictable view of good & evil. There were too many characters who started to appear like they might have some depth, only to suddenly turn around with a "Nope, sorry, here's something cliche and SUPER evil!" The love story also felt much more juvenile than the rest of the story


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stuart Blinder?

    Just about anyone. The author's voice didn't match Edwin's attitude at all, and many of his voices were painful (the majority of his female voices in particular were downright awful.) He also had very harsh "s" sounds that made half the characters sound like snakes. I think Alexis Denisof would have had a much better voice for this character.


    Was The Man with the Golden Torc worth the listening time?

    I would say no. If someone was interested, I'd recommend the book first.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2788)
    Performance
    (2655)
    Story
    (2640)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "Hell never looked so good"
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    "Changes" set an incredibly high bar for future Dresden Files books to top. I'm not positive if "Skin Game" topped that bar, but if not it came damn close. You've got Denarians, you've got a badass new shapeshifter, you've got the return of an old ally, and you've got Harry with his back firmly against his wall. Fortunately, that's where he's at his best.

    The heist angle gave this a very different feel from the rest of the series, and it worked even better than I was expecting. "Skin Game" has the same humor and tenseness that I've come to expect from the series. Once I started, I couldn't stop listening.

    James Marsters is brilliant as usual. He really brings something special to these books and brings them to life in a way that makes me want to listen to them over and over again.

    Lastly, because I laughed every time Harry yelled it: "Parkour!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3644)
    Performance
    (3005)
    Story
    (2994)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Almost forgot I wasn't watching a movie"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Patient Zero to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print edition, but the audio version is fantastic. Ray Porter does an amazing job with the narration. It's crazy how distinct his characters sound. Sometimes I had to remind myself that this wasn't a full cast recording.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pacing. It's a definite roller coaster ride, and it's one of those books you don't want to put down. Maberry knows his stuff.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    He does a great job all around, but his Joe Ledger is spot on. Not only does he have the necessary attitude for the role, but he sounds CREDIBLE as Ledger. Also a big fan of his Mr. Church.


    Any additional comments?

    I picked this up because I had heard Jonathan Maberry speak on a writing panel at Dragon*Con a few years ago and was impressed by how knowledgeable he was. That knowledge definitely translates onto the page. Patient Zero wasn't just a good book: it was a good experience. The combination of the quality writing and Ray Porter's narration makes this an audiobook I've recommended to several people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingmakers: Vampire Empire Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    The epic Vampire Empire trilogy rushes to a heart-wrenching conclusion of honor and love, hatred and vengeance, sacrifice and loss. A war to the death. Empress Adele has launched a grand crusade against the vampire clans of the north. Prince Gareth, the vampire lord of Scotland, serves the Equatorian cause, fighting in the bloody trenches of France in his guise as the dashing Greyfriar. But the human armies are pinned down, battered by harsh weather and merciless attacks from vampire packs.

    Margaret says: "Amazing end to a wonderful series."
    "Weaker ending than I would have liked"
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    If you’ve listened to books by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith before, how does this one compare?

    This book had more memorable moments than The Rift Walker, but it also had a lot more filler. There were several chapters that could have been cut and you wouldn't have lost anything from the story as a whole. Some of the character motivations were... questionable to say the least and made me roll my eyes toward the end (***SPOILERALERT*** So you can instantly rid the world of all the murderous vampires in existence, unquestionably saving millions in the process, but you won't because you love the only good vampire alive? And you didn't even struggle with that decision? I'm all for love, but come on, greater good. ***ENDSPOILDERALERT***)


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    I mean... everything? He's very dynamic, has distinct voices for every character so you instantly know who's speaking, and really draws you into the story. Marsters continues to be my favorite audiobook narrator, bar none.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending may have felt a little contrived, but I still enjoyed both the book and the series as a whole. I thought most of the plotlines had good resolution, even though some characters deserved a better end (or death). A very good series overall, made even better by James Marsters's fantastic narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rift Walker: Vampire Empire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (192)

    Set in a postapocalyptic world, this tale of courage, sacrifice, and heroism takes place against the backdrop of an age of steam and rational humanism, where the social elite have rejected religion and spiritualism as nothing more than quaint superstition. Brutal Vampire Clans rule half the world, keeping human herds for food, and Princess Adele, heir to the throne of Equatoria, is faced with grim choices. War is imminent and her marriage to the odious Senator Clark of America will cement an alliance uniting the Equatorian Empire and the American Republic.

    Roberta says: "Buzzy and Marsters Hit Another Homerun!"
    "Good follow up to The Greyfriar"
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    This was a solid continuation of the story that began in The Greyfriar. We get to see more of the world, and build on the characters that were established in the first book. Not as strong as the first, but still enjoyable. James Marsters again does a fantastic job with the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Empire - The Greyfriar

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (356)

    1870. A time known as The Great Killing. The vampire clans arose and slaughtered humanity with unprecedented carnage in the northern parts of the world. Millions perished; millions were turned into herd animals. The great industrialized civilizations of the world were left in ruin. A remnant fled south to the safety of the ever present heat which was intolerable to vampires. There, blending with the local peoples, they rebuilt their societies founded on human ingenuity, steam and iron.

    Diana says: "The Greyfriar Rocks!"
    "Entertaining story made better by James Marsters"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Vampire Empire - The Greyfriar to be better than the print version?

    James Marsters does an amazing job with the narration, so I would highly recommend the audio edition over the print version.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    He has a dynamic voice that is always entertaining, and there is never any confusion as to which character he is voicing at a given time.


    Any additional comments?

    The world in which the story takes place is well developed and interesting. I liked the way vampires were handled in the story as well. It ended leaving me wanting the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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